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COUNCIL OKS BATAVIA SETTLEMENT

Settlement of a lawsuit that will net the city $380,000 was unanimously approved Monday night by the City Council.

The city sued Doehler-Jarvis Inc. and its successor companies, including NL Industries, for $1 million in costs for a chemical cleanup of the property once owned by the die-making company, which left Batavia in 1982.

A court decision favored the city's claim, and a settlement was worked out by attorneys.

Part of the site near Ellicott and Evans streets was developed for parking adjacent to the new Genesee County Courts Facility. The resolution was approved by an 8-1 vote, with Councilman Franklin J. Battaglia objecting.

The Council also held a public hearing on a proposed urban-renewal plan to revitalize the downtown Genesee Country Mall. The mall has lost a half-dozen retail occupants, including a restaurant, in recent years.

There were no speakers at the hearing although a letter from former Councilman Paul J. Weiss said the city should "not involve itself again in the mall."

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